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School Health Team

The School Health Team consists of a range of professionals including School Nurses, Community Nurses, Nursery Nurses and a Clerical Officers.

Each primary and secondary school has a named School Nurse who is supported by their team to promote health and emotional wellbeing in schools and in the community by:

  • Being available to address, in confidence, any concerns about a child or young person’s health.
  • Providing health advice to help children and young people to make positive health choices.
  • Assessing children starting primary school after their care is transferred from the Health Visitor.
  • Assessing the health of year 7 pupils before they transfer to high school.
  • Offering young people an opportunity to discuss health issues confidentially at school based or community based drop ins.
  • Supporting young people who have particular medical needs and providing training for education staff to help manage these needs.
  • Developing care plans to support pupils with medical needs including allergy.
  • Delivering classroom-based health education.
  • Delivering immunisation programmes in primary and secondary schools and in the community.
  • Working with and referring to other professionals.
  • Working with other agencies to safeguard and protect young people.
  • Delivering the National Child Measurement programme (NCMP).

Concerns or feedback?

If you have any concerns or feedback, please contact:

Susan Burton, 0-19 Clinical Manager, at susan.burton2@bridgewater.nhs.uk.

Who to contact

Contact Position
Team Leader or Clinical Manager
Telephone
01925 867927 Penketh Health Centre
01925 867831 Grappenhall Clinic
01925 843864 Spencer House
E-mail
alwch.0to19@nhs.net
Website
www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/warrington/warrington-school-health/

Other details

Availability

Referral required
No
Referral details

The School Health Service delivers care in a range of settings including mainstream and special schools, at home, in clinics and community settings.

Who can access the service?

School aged children and young people and their parents/carers, teachers, Health Visitors, GPs, social workers, other community health professionals, hospitals and support services.


How can people access the service?

The service is offered to school-aged children and young people and operates an open referral system.

Referrals include self-referrals and referrals made by parents/carers, schools, health professionals, social care and children’s services.

Local Offer

Description

School Nursing Teams are responsible for leading and coordinating public health programmes to improve the health and well-being for all children, young people between the ages of 5 and 19 years and their families, and all our staff are fully informed about the SEND agenda.

The service receives referrals from many sources or you can contact your child’s named school nurse directly or ask your child’s teacher to contact them on your behalf.


The school health service is offered on four levels:

Community (your neighbourhood)

The school health team works with many other community services, they will make sure you know about them and how they can help you and your child

Universal (this is offered to every child)

The team provides a service for all children including those with additional health needs to improve their health and well-being and support them to access school successfully.

This includes health screening, assessment, and immunisation, delivery of key public health messages and signposting and referral to other services.

Universal Plus (your child needs further support)

The team will act quickly when your child needs expert help and support and provides them with care targeted specifically around their needs.

This also includes providing training in schools, writing individual health care plans, contacting your child’s GP or hospital doctor.

Universal Partnership Plus (your child needs extra support in partnership with other services)

The team will work with other services in a coordinated way to plan care for your child so they can keep healthy, attend school and achieve well.

If a need is identified the nurse will contribute to the new holistic, coordinated, person / family centered Education, Health and Care plan for your child.


Accessibility:

The school health team will always make sure that the service they offer to you and your child is accessible. The team can visit you at a time and at a venue that meets you and your child’s needs.


Information sharing:

In order to offer an integrated, high quality service for children, all of our Children’s Services work closely with preschools, nurseries and schools.

We share information about the outcomes of assessments and the strategies recommended in order that preschools, nurseries and schools implement the same strategies on a daily basis.

We also inform preschools, nurseries and schools when a parent does not attend an appointment.

This will greatly help your child, but it you do not wish information to be shared you may withdraw your consent at any time.


Who can I contact for further information?

If you want more information about the school health service and how it supports children with additional needs then please contact the Team Leader or Clinical Manager.

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